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3:35pm 25th July 2014

The pressure is mounting on Cornwall's A&E

Treliske says there has been an influx of locals and holidaymakers in the last couple of weeks.

Admissions are up ten percent on this time last year.

It is being put down to the heat, more people getting injured through outdoor activities and extra visitors.

Consultant Rob Taylor wants us to help ease the strain: "Look at whether you can treat yourself if you become unwell or prevent yourself from becoming unwell. Making sure in the hot weather you keep your fluids up, that you drink alcohol sensibly without dehydrating yourself or injuring yourself, that you carry a first aid kit in the car. Then there are pharmacies open, so with things like rashes or stings or bites you may be as good to go to a local pharmacy for advice. There's an out of hours GP service and there are minor injury units scattered throughout the county who can see the vast majority of minor injuries, for example, for patients on the north coast, there's a unit in Newquay they could be using.

"The very young and the very old can become easily dehydrated, injuries due to alcohol excess, we see an increased number of kids coming in having fallen off climbing frames, fallen off horses, surfing type injuries, so the weather does play a part."

Top advice for being sun safe if outdoors for more than 20 minutes:

* Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear UV sunglasses to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, and wear a hat. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes which will minimise the risk of sunburn
*Drink lots of cool drinks, avoiding alcohol
* Seek shade
* Look out for others - especially the vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
*Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals.

3:35pm 25th July 2014

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